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CM Jagan directed officials to double up Oxygen storage


Chief Minister Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy said every teaching hospital should have 10 kilolitres (kl) of oxygen storage capacity and other hospitals should have at least 1 kl storage capacity. During a review meeting on the corona situation at the CM camp office here today, he said the officials should be ready for any eventuality.

The officials informed the CM that around 420 to 500 metric tonnes of oxygen is being used per day in Covid hospitals and it is expected to reach 1,000 metric tonnes by May 15. But the state has a storage capacity of only 515 metric tonnes, they said. In view of the growing demand for oxygen, the state is requesting the centre for more tankers to transport 200 tonnes of oxygen per day from Sriperumbudur and another 200 metric tonnes from Bellary, as well as from Odisha.

Stressing on the key role of the ‘104’ call centre, the CM sad complete support and cooperation should be provided to the people who call up the call centre. Beds should be allocated within three hours as instructed previously. He wanted senior officials to step in and help with admissions if beds are not available.

The officials informed the chief minister that there are currently 44,236 beds in 88 Covid Care Centres across the state, and 13,356 patients are present in those centres. The state government recruited 16,981 staff so far this year, including medical professionals, staff nurses, technicians, data entry operators, MNOs, FNOs and sweepers. In regard to Covid Vaccination, two doses of Covid vaccine were administered to 12 lakh people and a single dose to 42 lakh people, the official said.

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